The Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP) is a professional organisation based in the UK for editors and proofreaders – the people who strive to make text accurate and readable.

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Looking for an editor or proofreader?

The Directory of Editorial Services provides contact information for around 600 SfEP members, plus details of the skills, subjects and services they offer. Find an editor or proofreader now.

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Training in editing and proofreading

Our workshops and online training courses will give you the skills you need to become a better editor or proofreader.

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The SfEP is a membership organisation for editors and proofreaders. Find out more about our structure, benefits of membership and how you can join us.

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SfEP community

Find out about the activities and resources that help make the SfEP what it is – a welcoming, supportive network of editorial professionals.

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Conference booking now open

Join us at Wyboston Lakes, Bedfordshire, from 16 to 18 September for the SfEP conference and AGM. The conference is an opportunity to explore new skills and ideas while networking and socialising with editorial colleagues. Speakers include the journalist and author Oliver Kamm and the linguist Lynne Murphy.

Book by 28 April to claim the early-bird discount.

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Proofreading training

Our new three-level proofreading course will get your career off to a solid start, teaching you the core knowledge and practical skills needed to successfully work as a proofreader in the publishing industry and beyond. Take the levels individually, or work your way through all three. Upgrade points awarded on completion.

P1: Introduction | P2: Headway | P3: Progress

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Find out about editing and proofreading

If you wonder 'what do proofreaders and editors do?', or 'could I become a proofreader or copy editor?', the answers are probably 'more than you think' and 'perhaps, but it’s hard work'. Let us tell you more.

Would I be suited to this work? What is copy-editing? What is proofreading? What makes a professional? See all FAQs

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See our range of guides

Our online shop has a range of guides to editing, marketing, project pricing and more. Specifically written for editors and proofreaders, these short guides will help you to get started or develop your career. All guides are exclusive to the SfEP.

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